Consulate General of the United States, Jerusalem

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Consulate General of the United States of America Jerusalem
Department of state.svg
Seal of the United States Department of State
Incumbent
Michael Ratney[1]

since July 29, 2012
Inaugural holder Warder Cresson [2]
Formation 1844
Website U.S. Consulate General - Jerusalem

The Consulate General of the United States, Jerusalem is a United States diplomatic mission in Jerusalem. The consulate is an independent mission that serves Jerusalem, the West Bank, and the Gaza Strip.[3] It is one of the two consulates general (other one being Hong Kong) that function similar to an embassy (i.e. reports directly to the United States Department of State and not the Ambassador of the country).[4]

History[edit]

The U.S. consulate first opened in 1844 in the Old City, inside Jaffa Gate in what is now the Swedish Christian Study Center. In the late 19th century, the consulate moved to a site on Street of the Prophets. In 1912, it moved to Agron Street. The main building, one of the first houses built outside the Old City walls, was constructed in 1868 by Ferdinand Vester, a German Lutheran missionary. A third story was added later. On 23 May 1948 the Consul General, Thomas C. Wasson, was assassinated. In 1952, the consulate leased another building on Nablus Road.[5]

Location[edit]

The residence of the Consul General and offices for consulate employees are located on Agron Street in West Jerusalem. Until 2010, citizen and visa services operated out of the building at 27 Nablus Road in East Jerusalem .[5][6] In October 2010, consular services were moved to a new building in the Arnona neighborhood of Jerusalem, in an area that was once a no-man's land very close to the Green Line.[7]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Consul- general
  2. ^ Consul-general
  3. ^ About the Consulate
  4. ^ Christopher J. Marut Appointed as Director of the Taipei Office of the American Institute in Taiwan
  5. ^ a b "About the Consulate." Consulate-General of the United States in Jerusalem. Retrieved on 16 January 2009.
  6. ^ "Contact Information." Consulate-General of the United States in Jerusalem. Retrieved on 16 January 2009
  7. ^ American consulate relocates to high-end area

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Coordinates: 31°46′36″N 35°13′12″E / 31.77667°N 35.22000°E / 31.77667; 35.22000